2nd Tuesday Book Club to Discuss Toby’s Room by Pat Barker 

09/18/2013 Categories: Adults Book Club

The Escondido Public Library invites adult readers to join the 2nd Tuesday Book Club meeting on Tuesday, October 8, 2013, at 6:00 PM, in the Board Room. This month’s selection is Toby’s Room by Pat Barker.
 
This indelible portrait of a family torn apart by war focuses on Toby Brooke, a medical student, and his younger sister Elinor. Enmeshed in a web of complicated family relationships, Elinor and Toby are close: some might say too close. But when World War I begins, Toby is posted to the front as a medical officer while Elinor stays in London to continue her fine art studies. Toby’s Room is an eloquent literary narrative of hardship and resilience, love and betrayal, and anguish and redemption. In unflinching yet elegant prose, Pat Barker captures the enormity of the war’s impact—not only on soldiers at the front but on the loved ones they leave behind.
 
The 2nd Tuesday Book Club will continue on November 12, 2013, with a discussion on the classic, Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens.  The selection for December 10th will be The Round House by Louise Erdrich.

All Library programs are free and open to the public. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia in downtown Escondido. For more information about the 2nd Tuesday Book Club visit library.escondido.org or contact the Library Information desk at 760-839-4839.

Bilingual Book Discussion Group Meets at Escondido Public Library 

09/03/2013 Categories: Book Club

Escondido, CA - Rincón Literario (The Literary Corner), Escondido Public Library’s bilingual book discussion group, will meet on Saturday, September 28th, from 3:30 – 4:45 PM in the Library’s Board Room. Author and journalist, Miriam Ruvinskis, will lead the discussion in both English and Spanish. La ladrona de libros / The Book Thief by Markus Zusak is the selected book for September.

This bestseller is Markus Zusak’s unforgettable story about the ability of books to feed the soul.  The setting is Nazi Germany, 1939.  Death has never been busier – and will become busier still.  Death himself narrates the story of Liesel Meminger beginning at the time she is taken at age nine to live with a foster family in Molching, Germany.  When she arrives she has just stolen her first book – although she has not yet learned how to read.  Across the ensuing years into the 1940s, Liesel collects more stolen books as well as a peculiar set of friends.  With the help of her foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement. 

Adult Services Librarian Paul Crouthamel states, “When you discuss a great book with others who have read it, you can share your perspectives and learn how other people might interpret the story differently.  The discussions are a perfect way to learn about interesting books and converse in both languages”.

Rincón Literario meets regularly on the last Saturday of each month to explore literature published in English and Spanish. In October, Rincon Literario readers will discuss Inferno by Dan Brown.

Rincón Literario is made possible by generous support from the Friends of the Escondido Public Library. This program is free and open to the public. For more information about future Rincón Literario selections and other Library programs, visit the Library’s website at http://library.escondido.org  or call Paul Crouthamel, Adult Services Librarian, at 760-839-4814.

2nd Tuesday Book Club to discuss Sky of Red Poppies by Zahreh Ghahremani 

08/20/2013 Categories: Book Club

The Escondido Public Library invites adult readers to join the 2nd Tuesday Book Club meeting on Tuesday September 20, 2013 at 6:00 PM, in the Board Room. This month’s selection is Sky of Red Poppies by Zahreh Ghahremani.

Sky of Red Poppies begins with a casual friendship between two schoolgirls coming of age in a politically divided 1960's Iran under rule of the Shah. Roya, the daughter of a prominent family, is envious of the fierce independence of her religious classmate Shireen. But Shireen has secrets of her own. Together, Roya and Shireen contend with becoming the women they want to be, and in doing so, make decisions that will cause their tragic undoing.   Set against the backdrop of a nation forced to mute its profound identity, Sky of Red Poppies is a novel about culture, politics and the redeeming power of friendships.  

The 2nd Tuesday Book Club will continue on October 8, 2013 with a discussion on Toby’s Room by Pat Barker.  The selection for November 12th will be Our Mutual Friend by Charles Dickens.

All library programs are free and open to the public. Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia in downtown Escondido. For more information about the 2nd Tuesday Book Club visit www.library.escondido.org or contact the library reference desk at 760-839-4839.

Bilingual Book Discussion Group Meets at Escondido Library 

08/13/2013 Categories: Adults Book Club

Escondido, CA - Rincón Literario (The Literary Corner), Escondido Public Library’s bilingual book discussion group, will meet on Saturday, August 31st from 3:30 – 4:45 PM in the Library’s Board Room. Author and journalist, Miriam Ruvinskis, will lead the discussion in both English and Spanish. Un paseo para recordar / A Walk to Remember by Nicholas Sparks is the selected book for August.

Sure to wring yet more tears from willing readers’ eyes, this forced coming–of-age story by bestselling author, Nicholas Sparks, is sure to do just that.  Every April when the wind smells of both the sea and lilacs, Landon Carter remembers 1958, his last year at Beaufort High.  Landon had dated a girl or two, and even once had sworn he’d been in love.  Certainly, the last person he thought he’d fall for was Jamie Sullivan, the shy, almost ethereal daughter of the town’s Baptist minister.  Against his best intentions, Landon finds himself falling for Jamie, this girl who is destined to show him the depths of the human heart – and the joy and pain of living.

Adult Services Librarian Paul Crouthamel said, “When you discuss a great book with others who have read it, you can share your perspectives and learn how other people might interpret the story differently.  The discussions are a perfect way to learn about interesting books and converse in both languages”.

Rincón Literario meets regularly on the last Saturday of each month to explore literature published in English and Spanish. In September, Rincon Literario readers will discuss La ladrona de libros / The Book Thief  by Markus Zusak. .

Rincón Literario is made possible by generous support from the Friends of the Escondido Public Library. This program is free and open to the public. For more information about future Rincón Literario selections and other Library programs, visit the Library’s website at http://library.escondido.org  or call Paul Crouthamel, Adult Services Librarian, at 760-839-4814.

Bilingual Book Discussion Group Meets at Escondido Library 

06/05/2013 Categories: Book Club

Escondido, CA - Rincón Literario (The Literary Corner), Escondido Public Library’s bilingual book discussion group, will meet on Saturday, June 29th from 3:30 – 4:45 PM in the Library’s Board Room. Author and journalist, Miriam Ruvinskis, will lead the discussion in both English and Spanish.

In La distancia entre nosotros / The Distance Between Us the author, Reyna Grande, skillfully depicts another side of the immigrant experience—the hardships and heartbreaks of the children who are left behind.  Through her brutally honest firsthand account of growing up in Mexico without her parents, Grande sheds light on the often overlooked consequence of immigration—the disintegration of a family. 

“I encourage you to read this poignant memoir” said Adult Services Librarian Paul Crouthamel. “When you discuss a great book with others who have read it, you can share your perspectives and learn how other people might have interpreted the story differently.  The discussions are a perfect way to discuss interesting books and converse in both languages”.

Rincón Literario meets regularly on the last Saturday of each month to explore literature published in English and Spanish. In July, Rincon Literario readers will discuss La Laguna / The Lacuna by Barbara Kingsolver.   

Rincón Literario is made possible by generous support from the Friends of the Escondido Public Library. This program is free and open to the public. For more information about future Rincón Literario selections and other Library programs, visit the Library’s website at http://library.escondido.org  or call Paul Crouthamel, Adult Services Librarian, at 760-839-4814.

Bilingual Book Discussion Group at Escondido Library 

05/09/2013 Categories: Book Club

Escondido, CA - Rincón Literario (The Literary Corner), Escondido Public Library’s bilingual book discussion group, will meet on Saturday, May 25th from 3:30 – 4:45 PM in the Library’s Board Room. Author and journalist, Miriam Ruvinskis, will lead the discussion in both English and Spanish.

La cupula / Under the Dome, a thriller by Stephen King is the selected book for May’s discussion.  On an entirely normal, beautiful fall day in Maine, a small town is suddenly and inexplicably sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field.  Planes crash into it and fall from the sky in flaming wreckage and cars explode on impact.  Families are separated and panic mounts.  No one can fathom what the barrier is, where it came from, and when – or if – it will go away.

“I encourage you to read this exciting book” said Adult Services Librarian Paul Crouthamel. “When you discuss a great book with others who have read it, you can share your perspectives and learn how other people might have interpreted the story differently.  The discussions are a perfect way to discuss interesting books and converse in both languages”

Rincón Literario meets regularly on the last Saturday of each month to explore literature published in English and Spanish. In June Rincon Literario readers will discuss La distancia entre nosotros  / The Distance Between Us  by Reyna Grande.

Rincón Literario is made possible by generous support from the Friends of the Escondido Public Library. This program is free and open to the public. For more information about future Rincón Literario selections and other Library programs, visit the Library’s website at http://library.escondido.org or call 760.839.4814.

Escondido Library’s Bilingual Book Discussion Group Meets April 27th 

04/02/2013 Categories: Adults Book Club

Rincón Literario (The Literary Corner), Escondido Public Library’s bilingual book discussion group, will meet on Saturday, April 27th from 3:30 – 4:45 PM in the library’s Board Room. The Escondido Public Library is located in downtown Escondido at 239 South Kalmia Street.

“La breve y maravillosa vida de Oscar Wao” / “Brief Wonderous Life of Oscar Wao” by Junot Diaz is the selected book for this month.  Things have never been easy for Oscar, a sweet but disastrously overweight, lovesick Dominican ghetto nerd who dreams of becoming the Dominican J.R.R. Tolkien and of finding love.  But he may never get what he wants, thanks to the fuku – the curse that has haunted his family for generations, dooming them to prison, torture, tragic accidents, and, above all, ill-starred love.  Oscar, still waiting for his first kiss, is just its most recent victim. We are immersed in the tumultuous life of Oscar and his family history, rendered with genuine warmth and humor, and insight into the Dominican-American family experience.  It displays an endless human capacity to persevere in the face of heartbreak and loss, a true literary triumph.

Rincón Literario meets regularly on the last Saturday of each month to explore literature published in English and Spanish. The discussions are a perfect way to discuss interesting books and converse in both languages

In May Rincon Literario readers will discuss La cupula / Under the Dome by Stephen King.  A list of future Rincón Literario selections is available at http://library.escondido.org. For more information on the library’s book discussion groups and other programs, visit the library website or call 760.839.4814.

Rincón Literario is made possible by generous support from the Friends of the Escondido Public Library. This program is free and open to the public.

Escondido Library’s Bilingual Book Discussion Group Meets March 30th 

03/13/2013 Categories: Book Club

Escondido Public Library’s bilingual book discussion group, Rincón Literario (The Literary Corner) will meet on Saturday, March 30th from 3:30 – 4:45 PM in the library’s Board Room. The Escondido Public Library is located in downtown Escondido at 239 South Kalmia Street.

The selected book for this month is the Pulitzer Prize winner La Carretera / The Road by Cormac McCarthy.  This apocalyptic vision is narrated by a nameless man who is one of the few survivors of an unspecified civilization-ending catastrophe.  He and his young son are trekking along a treacherous highway, starving and freezing, trying to avoid roving cannibal armies.  The tale, and their lives, is saved from teetering over the edge of bleakness thanks to the man’s fierce belief that they are “the good guys” who are preserving the light of humanity.  

The Road is the profoundly moving story of a journey. It boldly imagines a future in which no hope remains, but in which the father and his son, "each the other's world entire," are sustained by love. Awesome in the totality of its vision, it is an unflinching meditation on the worst and the best that we are capable of: ultimate destructiveness, desperate tenacity, and the tenderness that keeps two people alive in the face of total devastation.

In April Rincon Literario readers will discuss La breve y maravillosa vida de Oscar Wao / The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz.  A list of future Rincón Literario selections is available at our website. For more information on the library’s book discussion groups and other programs, visit the library website or call 760.839.4814

Rincón Literario meets regularly on the last Saturday of each month to explore literature published in English and Spanish. The discussions are a perfect way to discuss interesting books and converse in both languages.
Rincón Literario is made possible by generous support from the Friends of the Escondido Public Library. This program is free and open to the public.

New Library Program: Book Club In A Bag 

02/28/2013 Categories: Adults Book Club

The Escondido Public Library is excited to announce our newest library program called Book Club in a Bag (BCIAB).  We say “just add people!” because everything else for a successful book club gathering is included in the bag.  The bag has 8 copies of one title, discussion questions about the book, information on the author, general tips on how to organize a book club, and much more to get your book club started.

The library currently has fifteen titles available for the Book Club in a Bag program, including Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson, Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier, The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, Little Bee by Chris Cleave and eleven others.  We encourage you to call us or come into the library so we can tell you about this exciting new program.

Escondido Public Library is located at 239 South Kalmia in downtown Escondido.  For more information about Book Club in a Bag visit our website or contact the library Information desk at 760-839-4839.

Escondido Library’s Bilingual Book Discussion Group Meets February 23rd 

02/05/2013 Categories: Book Club

Escondido Public Library’s bilingual book discussion group, Rincón Literario (The Literary Corner) meets on Saturday, February 23rd from 3:30 – 4:45 PM in the library’s Board Room. The Escondido Public Library is located in downtown Escondido at 239 South Kalmia Street.

Rincón Literario meets regularly, the last Saturday of each month, to explore literature published in English and Spanish. The discussions are a perfect way to discuss interesting books and converse in both languages.

The selected book is the classic Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury.  After years of working as a fireman--one who burns books and enjoys his work--Guy Montag meets a young girl who makes him question his profession and the values of the society in which he lives.  In his world, where television rules and literature is on the brink of extinction, firemen start fires rather than put them out. His job is to destroy the most illegal of commodities, the printed book, along with the houses in which they are hidden.

Ray Bradbury’s internationally acclaimed novel Fahrenheit 451 is a masterwork of twentieth-century literature set in a bleak, dystopian future.

In March Rincon Literario readers will discuss La carretera/The Road by Cormac McCarthy.  A list of future Rincón Literario selections is available on the library website. For more information on the library’s book discussion groups and other programs, visit the library website or call 760.839.4601.

Rincón Literario is made possible by generous support from the Friends of the Escondido Public Library. This program is free and open to the public.

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